These Homemade Perfect Bars are a take on the household favorite all natural, peanut butter protein bars. The recipe is simple, requiring one bowl, 5 ingredients, and no baking! These bars are gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free!
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I'm so excited about this recipe for Homemade Perfect Bars! You probably either love Perfect Bars and want to make your own, or have never tried them and are curious what the fuss is all about.
Here's a link to where you purchase them from Amazon. They are also available at Costco and most grocery stores!
This recipe is very simple to make, the ingredients are basic, and it tastes so much like the real thing. Whether you are trying to save money, reduce your packaging, or just want to try a homemade version of your favorite Peanut Butter Protein Bar, this is the perfect recipe for you to try!
Ingredients in Homemade Perfect Bars
Peanut Butter. Because, these are Peanut Butter flavor bars, of course! Make sure whatever you use is RUNNY. It will provide the best consistency.
Protein Powder. Well, because these are PROTEIN bars! I used a Vegan Protein Powder to keep this recipe purely Vegan, but you can use any Protein Powder you like. Keep in mind, not all Protein Powders are created equal, so use one you enjoy!
Honey or Agave. I personally love the taste of honey! If you are strictly vegan, you can sub in Agave.
Almond Milk. Just a touch provides the moisture you need to be able to mix these.
Vanilla Extract. The Vanilla really adds a nice depth of flavor to these bars, so you don't just feel like you are eating straight peanut butter (though, nothing wrong with that!)
This recipe is for Peanut Butter Perfect Bars flavor, but I also love the Almond Butter flavor! Also, the Pumpkin Spice one during the Fall is amazing... maybe I will make that as one of my Fall recipes this year!
Which other flavors would you want to see made into Homemade Perfect Bars? Let me know in the comments.
My favorite part of Perfect Bars is the T E X T U R E. Its kind of like fudge, but better. These homemade bars are a bit softer than the packaged bars, so make sure to store them in the freezer so they stay solid. Make sure you use a RUNNY peanut butter as well (I love this brand)!
You'll need to wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze for at least an hour before cutting into bars to avoid a big, gloopy mess.
I just used a long rectangle tupperware I had lying around. You could use a loaf pan, or a baking dish as well.
After the bars are done setting in the freezer, simply slice into the lengthwise and enjoy!!! You may want to let your bar sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to soften up.
Note, you'll want to use a sharp knife to ensure a nice, clean cut. I highly recommend the Victorinox knife for a budget friendly Chef's knife. I use mine for everything.
More Homemade Treats
If you love making homemade versions of your favorite packaged treats, check out these Copycat Eating Evolved Mint Coconut Butter Cups, or Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cups.
What else do you want to see a homemade version of?! Let me know!
For more Peanut Butter goodness, check out one of the most popular recipes on the blog: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies (Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free too!)
- 1 C Natural creamy Peanut Butter (recommend this brand, or similar)
- ¼ C Honey
- ⅓ C + 3 Tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder (I used this one)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp milk of choice (I used Almond Milk)
- Optional: ½ tsp superfood powder, spirulina powder, wheatgrass powder, or maca powder, or any superfood powder of choice. (I skipped this and still loved it!)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Mixture should be thick and tough to mix. If seems too runny, add some more protein powder, or a Tbsp of oat or almond flour. If seems too thick (will no longer mix), add a splash more milk. Line a loaf pan or container with plastic wrap and press mixture into a large rectangle shape. Freeze for at least an hour and then slice into ~6 – 7 bars. Wrap each bar individually and store in the freezer. They’ll get soft at room temperature!
- These bars are quite soft. To add a bit more firm texture, feel free to add ~2 tbsp. of oat flour or almond flour.
- Mixing and pressing is easiest if you have a silicone spatula!
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Pure, Raw & Unfiltered Honey; 32oz.
Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Vanilla Bean - Vegan, Low Net Carbs, Non Dairy, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Sugar Added, Soy Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, 2.03 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
Crazy Richard’s Creamy Peanut Butter, 100% Natural, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, 16 Ounce Jars (Pack of 6)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 14g
Note: I don't usually add nutritional info and I am not sure how reliable this data is. I pasted a screenshot of what I input on MyFitnessPal. At 271 calories and 11g protein per bar, these are very comparable to real deal!